Ash Wednesday falls this year on the 18th February. It is a traditional day for people to quit smoking. If you have attempted to quit smoking, you know how difficult it can be. Nicotine is a powerful addiction and extremely difficult habit to break.
The hardest thing to do is to break the habit. You might experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety, stress, headaches and mostly cravings to smoke again.
It is estimated that most smokers will attempt to quit two or three times, or more, before finally kicking the habit. When conventional methods to quit smoking have failed, smokers often look outside mainstream approaches and turn to Acupuncture.
So to the good news, Acupuncture is an effective tool in helping you quit smoking. It can help you by calming you down and by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings for cigarettes. You can also expect increased energy levels and a heightened sense of well-being.
So how does it work then?
Acupuncture works by controlling the with-drawl symptoms and easing the cravings to ensure a permanent resolution to your quitting smoking.
In one study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. Subjects of the study also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.
It also helps in de-congesting your lungs as well as improves your blood circulation.
So what does the treatment involve?
Extremely fine, pre-sterilised and disposable needles are inserted into the body points and retained for 20-30 minutes. Ear points are also needled and small magnetic pellets are then placed over the acupoints and held in place by a plaster. The patient can then press on the magnets in between treatments to stimulate the ear points and fight cravings.
Many patients enjoy acupuncture and find it a comforting and relaxing experience.
So who will help me with quitting smoking?
If you are ready to quit or If you have any questions and would be interested in stopping smoking with acupuncture and to see how it can empower you to take control and begin a healthy and smoke free life, please feel free to contact Niamh at Anam Mai Acupuncture (contact details above).
Anam Mai Acupuncture is a big 3 years old on the 14th of this month, so to celebrate this milestone we would like to extend a very special offer for Quit Smoking Acupuncture, 5 sessions over a 3 week period for €150.00 normal price €250.00 for the month of February only.
Also don’t forget we are all fully licenced and approved by VHI, AVIVA, Quinn Healthcare & HSF among others including ESB and Garda Medical Scheme so if you have insurance you could qualify for a rebate from your health insurers.
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture